Three arrested, facing recommended charges of Child Endangerment with Drugs

Amber S Carpin, Shane R Connely, Joseph A Murphy (Courtesy of the Casper Police Dept.)

An investigation into child endangerment and drug possession has led to the arrest of three Casper individuals.

According to an arrest affidavit, officers responded to a call for assistance from the Wyoming Department of Family services, at about 1:30 pm on Thursday, November 2nd.

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Police say that DFS had reported that a child belonging to a Casper resident had been born with methamphetamine in the baby’s system. It was further alleged that the mother had failed to show for her first follow up appointment after the birth.

Police made contact with the mother, 28-year-old Amber S. Carpin, at an East 2nd Street private address. Police also contacted 31-year-old Shane R. Connely and 29-year-old Joseph A. Murphy. All three individuals were said to live in the home.

According to reports, officers say they were able to observe a glass pipe with suspected marijuana residue, in plain sight, in a bedroom of the home. Carpin denied ownership of the pipe, and also gave investigators permission to search the remainder of the house.

Police report finding controlled substance paraphernalia or residue in several areas of the home.  Also found in a back bedroom was a pen shaft containing suspected methamphetamine residue, marijuana shake, and a plastic container containing THC wax, and other items.

Carpin is said to have told officers that she used the pen shaft to “snort prescription medication,” according to an affidavit.

During an interview with Murphy, he originally gave officers a name that dispatch was unable to find in the system.  When confronted, officers say that Murphy then admitted to giving a false identity and told officers who he really was.

During the investigation, police say they also found a small wrapper containing suspected methamphetamine, that had been located in close proximity to where children had been watching television before the police arrived.

Three children were taken into protective custody, at the residence.

Carpin was arrested on recommended charges of Failure to Comply, Controlled Substance Possession- Methamphetamine, and Child Endangering with Drugs.  Connely was booked on recommended charges of Controlled Substance Possession and Child Endangering with Drugs.  Murphy was booked on recommended charges of Interference with a Police Officer, Failure to Comply, Child Endangering with Drugs, and Controlled Substance Possession- Meth.

All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office.